Dec 23, 2012 2:00am EST
to take a look at that. we have made huge strides forward in reducing illegal drug use in a america. despite the increases over the past several years, over the long term the rates among young people today are far lower than they were 30 years ago. we have to continue a downward trend and we have to work on that very hard at. we have troubling signs as dr. volkow mentioned. we have to educate and people about the risks. just as we have educated about the harms of tobacco and the dangers of alcohol impaired driving, that information needs to be communicated, not in a threatening way or the scare tactic way, but it needs to be communicated in a direct way by parents and other adults. they can provide that kind of leadership. as the president has noted, we have changed attitudes regarding smoking and alcohol impaired driving. we can do the same when it comes to the findings around drugs. we recognize the impact drug use has on this country and to many of us have been touched by lives cut short by an overdose. futures that have been significantly reduced or impacted by substance abuse.